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Saturday 26th April 2003

Submitted to The Nationalist Newspaper

Thurles Drama Society will perform their award winning play, ‘The Enemy Within’ by Brian Friel, on Friday 2nd May at 8.15pm in the Abymill Theatre. Seats at €10 each can be booked at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.
Thurles Drama Society were All-Ireland Drama Festival finalists with this play and won best actor awards in four regional festivals. A show not to be missed!

The numbers drawn in the Fethard and Killusty Community Lotto on Tuesday 22nd April were: 7, 8, 10 and 24. There was no Jackpot Winner and one 'Match 3' winners who received €150:
Christy Devitt, Strylea, Fethard
The three ‘Lucky Dip’ winners of €50 were:
Ryan Bros, Coolmoyne Cross, Fethard.
Aidan Kenny, Barrack Street, Fethard.
Margaret Dorney, Woodvale Walk, Fethard.
The Jackpot remains at €10,000 and next weeks Jackpot sellers prize is €995.

Last Sunday we travelled to a windswept and interesting Ballykisteen Golf Course, and in spite of the windy conditions, some good scores were recorded.
The results were as follows:
Nearest to the pin: Brian Higgins, Donal O'Grady.
Ladies prize: Mary Kenrick 29pts.
Youths: 1st Darragh Corbett 31pts, 2nd Paul Kenrick 29pts.
Cat 1: 1st Davy Woodlock 35pts, 2nd Kevin Ryan 32pts, 3rd Shay Ryan 31pts (back nine).
Cat 2: 1st Davy Williams 35pts, 2nd Danny Mullins 28pts, 3rd Paul Hayes 27pts.
Thanks to Josephine and Ballykisteen Golf Course. Unfortunately the day ended on a sad note when news came of the death of Mrs Josie McCarthy, St. Patrick's Place, Josie was the mother of our vice captain Pat McCarthy. We extend our deepest sympathy to Pat and his brothers and sisters.

The death has occurred on Sunday 27th April of Mrs Josie McCarthy, formerly Josie O’Shea of St. Patrick's Place. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.

The Fethard Historical Society and The Museum of Transport in Clonmel are jointly organising a ‘Vintage Car Trip and Picnic in the Country’ on Saturday evening, 10th May, beginning at 7.30pm. All proceeds from the evening are going to the Chernobyl Childrens Fund.
The all in cost for the Visit to Richmond Mill Museum, Vintage Car Trip and Picnic (supplied) in the country is €20 (individual) and €30 for a couple.
Book please with Mary Hanrahan (052 32141), Terry Cunningham (052 23402) or Dóirín Saurus (052 31936), as places are limited due to the number of Vintage Cars in the convoy. Period costume is in order for those who like dressing up!

Anyone wishing to travel to Fethard & Killusty London Reunion on Saturday 7th June please give your names to Joan O’Donohoe at the Community Office, Fr. Tirry Centre, Tel: 052 31000. It is planned to leave Fethard on Friday 6th June and return on Sunday 8th June. We are currently checking travel prices and details will be available from the Community Office.
The reunion has being organised in London by Paul Looby (Tel: +44 (0) 1276 509926 or email: plooby@ntlworld.com) and will be held on Saturday 7th June 2003, from 5pm till late. There is a £7 admission charge per head to help defray costs.
The venue is The London Scotia Bar, 98 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UB. Reception from 5pm, and a Barbecue timed for 6.30pm. Traditional band will provide music in the Pub from 8 till closing. Any musicians bring your instruments as jamming is definitely allowed. Good beers, caint, ceol agus craic go leor.
The London Scotia Bar is five minutes walk from London Bridge station, which has extensive Mainline and Underground links. Car Parking is available only one minute walk away in Crucifix Lane. For travellers/tourists there are many nearby attractions, such as: HMS Belfast, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Dungeons and War Museum. Over London Bridge is the City of London with the Lloyds Building and the Monument. Nearby, Greenwich has the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich Observatory. Direct link on Tube from London Bridge.
The venue is a pub which is open all day. We will have the back section of the pub to ourselves. This consists of a large covered area with access to a large walled garden which is not overlooked. The format is informal and easy going. The outdoor area is quiet and has lots of seating. The bar serves its own food ‘til 6pm.
The reunion will provide a great chance to meet with and enjoy the company of, people with one thing in common, the area of Fethard and Killusty. Whatever the association with the area, all are welcome.

On Good Friday morning we took part in the annual under/l0 blitz in Clonmel Rugby Club. In our first game we played Cashel and this turned out to be a very close game with Cashel getting the only try. The forwards kept piling on the pressure and some great runs by Conor Kavanagh and Jack O’Connell were just stopped on the line. We then entered the plate competition and were drawn against Clonmel C team. We took control of this game early on and some great runs by Shane Power, Luke Mulcahy, Padraig O’Shea and Ben Walsh insured a Fethard win. We were now into the semifinal where we played a fine Clanwilliam side, in this game Matt O’Sullivan, Paul O’Neill and Paul Tierney made some great forward drives and set up scores for Daniel Hickey, Conor Kavanagh and Andrew Kelly. We won by three tries to one, and so we proceeded to the final where we played Clonmel A. This was a very fast game in which Fethard took the lead through a great William Power try. Clonmel fought back and scored twice before half time. Fethard scored again through Daniel Hickey and this left a very exciting final five minutes. Clonmel secured victory in the dying minutes and an enjoyable days rugby came to a finish. Our thanks to Clonmel RFC for a great day.
On Saturday our under/12s played in the plate. In the semifinal we played Waterford City in what was a very tight game, at half time it was tied at two all with Andrew Yates and Joe Kelly getting the touch downs. James Kelly was introduced at this stage for the injured Shane Kavanagh, a victim of the hard ground. Fethard took control in the second half and got two more tries to reach the final. Here they met Clonmel who had just beaten Nenagh. This game was very even but Clonmel eventually broke the Fethard defence and got the scores to win the game. Adrian Lawrence, James Kelly, Sam Manton and Seamie O’Keeffe all played their heads out.
Training continues on Thursday evening at 6.15pm for under/10s, under/12s and any one interested in Community Games under/11 for both boys and girls. No rugby next weekend as all roads lead to Toulouse, wishing Munster the best of luck.

On Wednesday 23rd April we played for prizes sponsored by FBD Investment Services
and the winners were:
1st Gross: Rita Kane and Kay St. John
2nd Gross: Teresa Cummins and Alice Quinn
3rd Gross: David O’Meara and Tony Hanrahan
4th Gross: Margaret Hackett and Berney Myles
1st Nett: Philly Kenny and Margaret Mary McCormack
2nd Nett: Annie O’Brien and Marie Delaney
3rd Nett: Anna Cooke and Bernie O’Meara
4th Nett: Fr. John Meagher and Mary Quirke
Anyone looking for a partner contact Annie O’Brien Tel: 052 31862.

Well done to three of our leaders who received volunteer achievement awards on Saturday 26th April in the Royal Hotel Tipperary.
Tipperary Regional youth service hosted the 5th year of Volunteer Achievement Awards which is run in line with the National Youth Federation Achievement Awards on Saturday night last. Award recipients for 'Direct work with young people' were Clare Hannigan, Tony Askins and Rita McCormack-John. Fethard Youth Club is seen to be one of the most pro-active senior clubs in the region. Currently it is the largest senior club with the oldest membership. The club had been involved in all regional events over the last 3 years and has been involved in a peer education programme with the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative, TRYS which was hugely successful, the ‘Coping on Project’ in conjunction with TYRS and also many other programmes.
The leaders themselves wish to thank the members for their commitment to and involvement with all events and the other leaders, in the past Mary Shanahan and Patricia Fitzgerald, and present Maria Murphy, who have contributed to the continued success of the club.
The club will open as usual on next Saturday night 3rd May. A reminder to our members — the ‘Coping on Project’ will have its last two sessions on 3rd and 10th May.

Progressive 25's results for Friday 15th April:
Winners on 12 games: Jimmy Hayes, Dinny O'Donnell;
Second on 11 games: Jim and Mary Garrett;
Table prize: Jo Kennedy, Fergus Flynn;
Sweep Winners: Brigid Hayes and Tess Cummins, Jim and Mary Garrett, Sheila Hall and Jo Ryan. Tickets: Ann Nevin (2), Nora Lee and Jerry Murray.
Next game Friday 2nd May at 8.45pm sharp.

The Abymill Theatre, first opened in May 1988, will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a Gala Concert on 9th May featuring, ‘Sopranos’ three of Ireland’s leading singers; The Gordonaires from Clonmel; and master of ceremonies Billy McLellan.
Sopranos is an exciting new Irish vocal trio who are currently sweeping the country with their mixture of opera, light-musical and Irish songs. They are young, fresh and modern and although all three are classically trained, they are not afraid to poke fun at the sometimes stuffy institution of classical singing! Wendy Dwyer (Cork), Kay Lynch (Tralee) and Deirdre Masterson (Gorey) between them have a wealth of experience on all musical platforms, ranging from soloist with Riverdance to leading roles on the International Operatic Stage.
Everything they sing is specially arranged and they have already developed an enviable reputation for their unique sound featuring innovative three-part harmonies. An evening with the group is a complete theatrical experience, the music interwoven with fully scripted and staged scenes. Not to be missed!
Seats at €12 each for this special anniversary concert can be booked now at O’Flynn’s Menswear, Burke Street, Tel: 052 31254 or 087 1338961.

Senior Football resumed on Sunday last 27th April— the first Easter free from games in five years — with a very keen contest in the County League on a scoreline, Fethard 0-13 (0-7), Ardfinnan 1-10 (0-7). This was one off the better league games with teams scoring level on five occasions, and was a useful run for both teams. Team was: Tommy Gahan, Tom Anglim, Michael Aherne, Philly Blake, Tomas Keane, Cian Maher, Stephen O’Donnell, Kenneth Byrne 0-1, P. J. Aherne 0-2, Karl Maher 0-1, Glen Burke 0-4 (2f), Willie Morrissey 0-2, Conor McCarthy, Brian Coen 0-1, and Alan Phelan 0-1. Subs: (all in second half) Aiden Fitzgerald 0-1, Damien Byrne, John Paul Looby, Kenneth O’Donnell, and Brendan Brett. This now gives us six points from four games with three games to come, Loughmore (away), Cahir (home), and Moyle Rovers (away).
Our next outing in Senior Football is on 11th May against Clonmel Commercials in the South Championship.
Intermediate Hurling Championship starts on this Sunday 4th May in Clonmel against Kilsheelan at 3.15pm.
On Wednesday 23rd April our minor footballers were defeated by Ballyporeen in Marlfield on a scoreline Fethard 0-4 (0-2), Ballyporeen 0-17 (0-12). Team: Paul Kenny, Mike Kelly, Darragh Corbett, Connie O’Flynn, Liam Frewen, Alan Burke, Gavin Ahearne, Shane Walsh 0-2, Jamie McCormack, Shane Aylward, Darren O’Meara, Ronan O’Meara, Paul Kendrick, William Doyle 0-1, and Damien O’Sullivan 0-1. Subs used were: Damien Donovan, John Leahy, Daniel Lonergan, James Smyth, and Glen O’Meara. We play Carrick Swans on the 30th April.
Our Community Sports Lotto Jackpot of €8,400 was not won. We had five ‘Match Three’ winners who received €30 each: Eddie Sheehan (15 St Patricks Place); Mick and Monica Aherne (Prospect); Tarman Lawless (58 Woodvale Walk); Stephen O’Donnell (Monroe); Davy Lawless (Brodeen). The €50 Lucky Dip winner was Marian Lyons (Coolmoyne).
The County Board draw is now in full swing with our promoters calling to local houses. Thank you for your continued support. Tickets are €100 for the year or €10 (monthly direct debit) for 12 draws. Prizes include cars galore.
Club Membership is closing this weekend, Adults €15 and Juveniles €10.
Last weekend the club presented Gus Danaher with 1957 memento at his residence as he was unable to attend our dinner dance to receive the award. He was in great spirits and conveyed his thanks to Fethard GAA and wished us the very best of luck in the Championships.
On Thursday 1st May our juvenile under/12s play Commercials at 7pm. On Monday 5th our under/14s start their championship with a game against Commercials also at 7pm.
Our Sympathies are at this time go to the O’Donnell family, Monroe, on the death of their grandmother Esther from Cahir. Go Ndeanai Dia Trocaire Orthu.

Fethard & Killusty Community Games will hold their area sports evening in the new community sports field on Thursday, May 8th at 6.30pm. Entry fee is €2 for all events.
All competitors must be under the age specified on 31st July, 2003 and must reside in the area.
The community games committee would like to express their sincere sympathy to the O’Donnell family, Monroe, on the death of Pat's mother Esther in Cahir.

The County Final of community games Judo will take place in the Town Hall on Friday, May 16th at 7 pm sharp. Entry fee of €2 taken on the night.

Congratulations and best wishes for many more happy years to Frank and Bridget Kearney, St. Patrick’s Place, who recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Helen Morrissey, St. Patrick’s Place, and Eamon Power, Old Parish, Dungarvan, who announced their engagement last weekend.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Pat O’Donnell, Monroe, on the recent death of his mother, Mrs Esther O’Donnell, Cahir.

A visitor to Coolmore during the past week, Jack O’Neill from Limerick, is seeking information on an old school friend, Seamus Meagher of Fethard. Jack and Seamus were classmates at Ring Irish College, Co. Waterford, c. 1973/1974. Jack O’Neill would very much like to contact his friend of 30 years ago.

Fethard racehorse owner/trainer Mick Ahearne made a very successful trip to Sligo track on Sunday last. Running in his wife Monica’s name, the quaintly named, ‘Igotaknockonthehead’ got just up on the post for a thrilling win in the Nortwest Maiden I.N.H. flat race. Well done Mick! The Lord certainly loves a trier.

After another series of unfortunately vandalism in Fethard over the weekend it must be time to take some community action. Someone knows locally who is responsible, maybe its time for parents to demand to know where their children are at night and what they’re doing before its too late and end up visiting them in jail. With the new toughened approach by judges to this sort of crime, there will be serious consequences for offenders,
Last weekend a group having apparently a beer can party in the vicinity of the local national school decided a good way to end the nights activities would be to break a number of school windows and return again the following night and enter the premises. The signboard advertising the months dancing dates outside Fethard ballroom was also dumped in the river and the beautiful ornamental tree outside the XL Grocery Shop on Main Street was broken in half.
Local Gardai have asked for support to help solve these incidents of crime. If we want to keep crime at bay in the area, a much higher level of local cooperation is needed in helping Gardai with their work. It is essential that all suspicious activities are noted and reported. We should also keep a closer look on our neighbours property and record unusual activities. All information can be passed on confidentially to members of the local Garda or to the Garda Confidential Freephone: 1800 666 111

Mr Michael Hassett has recently retired from the post of principal with the school having worked in that position since 1982.
It is intended to mark Michael's retirement with a suitable presentation which will be made, in accordance with his wishes, at an informal gathering in the school commencing at 8.30pm sharp on Friday May 9th 2003.
We would be delighted to see as many as possible of Michael's friends and past pupils in attendance at the presentation.
If you would like to attend on the night or be associated with this presentation, please contact Joan Shine (052 32126) or Joan Culligan (0562 32201) or any member of the Parents Council Association, Scoil Ruáin, Killenaule.


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